Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound for the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 of the World Series, which is among the highest pressure situations a major league pitcher can have. Guthrie's second job as the team's translator is considerably more relaxed, as evidenced by its modest pay: a gift certificate to a barbecue restaurant.
Guthrie learned to speak Spanish while on a Mormon mission to Spain and has helped translate for the club's Spanish speakers at postgame-press conferences this year.
“It’s a great restaurant,” Guthrie said. “I look forward to it. We need to win these games so I can be able to go out and enjoy it.”
So if you think you might see a foreign substance on Guthrie's hat or hand during Game 7, you can rest easy knowing it is probably just some delicious Kansas City barbecue sauce.
- Brendan Maloy